tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC May 17, 2017 12:37am-1:37am EDT
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- jennifer hudson, from nbc's "great news", actor and comedian horatio sanz, showrunner of "veep", david mandel, featuring the 8g band with mark guiliana. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, everybody. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. according to the "new york times", president trump asked former fbi director james comey to shut down the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn. and that comes on the heels of revelations that t s
with russian officials last week. you know, at this point, i'd give anything to return to the simpler days of the campaign. ah, yes, there you go. [ light laughter ] the days when the only thing he gave away was his autograph. [ laughter ] i just want to see you sign hats again, mr. president. re-sign that hat. you've got to re-sign. you have to resign. [ cheers and applause ] still a lot of hats out there you can get back to. national security adviser h.r. mcmaster today defended president trump for sharing classified information with russia saying, quote, "the president wasn't even aware where the information came from." well, that doesn't surprise me. [ light laughter ] i would bet trump isn't even sure where babies come from. [ laughter ] "first, you marry a model and then a stork drops off a baby with the doorman. [ light laughter ] and then you give the baby a
unqualified for." [ laughter and applause ] a new -- a new gallup poll finds that president trump's approval rating has dropped to 38%. 38%. you know it's bad when your approval ratings reach the numbers where you get concerned your phone is going to die. [ laughter ] oh, this is not good. [ applause ] representative trey gowdy said yesterday that he is not the right person to replace fired fbi director james comey. he is however the right person to portray beaker in a live action reboot of "the muppets." [ laughter and applause ] a new poll found that 55% of voters wished former president obama was still in office instead of president trump. but not this voters. [ cheers ] he's good. fox news host kimberly guilfoyle said yesterday that she is in talks with president trump's administon
sean spicer as white house press secretary. i don't know if that'll solve their pr problems, but it might finally get melania to move in. [ laughter ] the fashion house chanel was criticized, recently, for appropriating indigenous australian culture by selling a $1,000 boomerang. the controversy has died down but i have a feeling it's gonna come back around. [ laughter and applause ] and finally, florida police say a man attempted to bribe an officer with taco bell after he was caught with cocaine. [ light laughter ] so now he's also being charged with attempted murder. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] her new single, "remember me", is available now. jennifer hudson is back on the show, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] he's on a fantastic new show
here at nbc called "great news." he's one of our all-time favorites. horatio sanz is in the house tonight. [ cheers and applause ] and he is a very funny writer and currently the showrunner of hbo's "veep." david mandel joins us this evening. [ cheers and applause ] so you're here on a very good night. but before we get to all that, once again the white house spent the day in damage control after a bombshell report about president trump revealing highly classified information to russian diplomats during a meeting in the oval office last week. and tonight, news broke that trump asked the fbi director to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, michael flynn. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: for the last week the trump white house has been desperate to change the story from trump's decision to fire fbi director james comey to literally anything else. and good news, they've succeeded. >> tonight, breaking news involving president trump.
>> stunning reports that the president of the united states shared classified information with the russians in the oval office. >> current and former u.s. officials reportedly told the paper the president went off script. >> seth: and it doesn't shock me that donald trump went off script. this is a man who reads off the teleprompter like it's an eye chart. [ laughter ] "god bless the united states of -- sorry, i can't read that last one. antarctica?" [ applause ] but let's just take a second to think about how insane the last eight days have been. on monday, we learned that then-president obama warned trump not to hire former national security adviser michael flynn. on tuesday, trump fired fbi director james comey, which comey found out about on tv. on wednesday, he met in the oval office with russian diplomats, including an accused russian spy. on thursday, he admitted that he fired comey, specifically because of the russian investigation. on friday, he threatened comey with secret tapes of their conversations. on saturday, the justice department began interviewing new candidates for fbi director.
gave the russians highly classified information. and today we learned that trump asked comey to shut down the fbi's investigation into flynn. and, if you're wondering why i didn't mention sunday, that was mother's day. so obviously, trump was doing what all normal husbands do -- spending the day alone on the golf course in a different state. [ laughter and applause ] which -- which in fairness, is the best gift he could have given her. [ laughter ] now, before we get to the news about the flynn investigation, there is the fact that we currently have a white house that seems to be drowning in non-stop chaos caused by the president's recklessness. and white house staffers seem constantly overwhelmed and unable to deal with that chaos. last night, a senior trump aide told "the daily beast" that when the news broke, communications staff and senior staffers at the white house were literally hiding in offices. [ audience groans ] and hey, that might sound bad. but at least sean spicer was hiding in an office and not the bushes like he did last week. [ laughter ] and in fact, i think we have a picture of his new office. there yo,
[ laughter and applause ] according to "the daily beast," things were so grim in the trump administration last night that an aide described the scene at the white house as "tense" and "a morgue." i guess that explains why steve bannon looks like he's already been embalmed. [ laughter ] dude looks like he gargles with formaldehyde. [ laughter ] but just think about how demoralizing it must be to work for trump right now. a man who has proven himself repeatedly to be temperamentally unfit for handling issues as serious as national security. even before this latest crisis, working for trump was already a non-starter for most serious national security professionals. for example, in february, trump offered the job of national security adviser to retired admiral robert harward. but harward turned the job down. cnn reported at the time that a friend of harward's said he was reluctant to take the national secure adviser's job because the white house seemed so chaotic. said harward called the offer, "a [ bleep ] sandwich." [ laughter ] fine, if you don't want it,
paul? paul. [ applause ] "i -- i got to be honest, i'll eat anything if it comes with tax cuts. mmmm. that's some good [ bleep ]." so what about the guy who has the job of national security adviser now? that will be leiutenant general h.r. mcmaster. and it doesn't seem like the job is going much better for him. reporters last night said that after the news broke, they saw mcmaster in the white house and as he walked by the gathered reporters mcmaster said, "this is the last place in the world i want to be." [ light laughter ] wow! at least sean spicer only says that with his eyes. [ laughter and applause ] and just -- and just to give you an idea of how big a deal this is, the intel that trump gave the russians was reportedly "code word information", which is highly sensitive to say the least. so what could possibly have been going through trump's head when he did this? well, apparently, he was try
the great intel he gets. and now trump's aides are actually defending him, by claiming that he probably did not realize what he was doing was bad. a trump adviser told politico, "he doesn't really know any boundaries. he doesn't think in those terms. he doesn't sometimes realize the implications of what he's saying." he doesn't know boundaries, he doesn't know the implications of what he says, when a ball rolls behind the couch, he thinks it's gone forever. [ laughter ] you know, president stuff. [ laughter ] now, obviously, this is awkward for trump for a number of reasons, especially since he seemed to take the handling of classified information so seriously during the presidential campaign. when he was running against hillary clinton. >> hillary's private e-mail scandal, which put our classified information in the reach of our enemies, disqualifies her from the presidency. we can't have someone in the oval office who doesn't understand the meaning of the word "confidential" or "classifie
i don't think it's safe to have hillary clinton be briefed on national security, because the word will get out. i know at some point they're going to be calling -- they're going to want to brief me. but i'm not a talker about the stuff. this is like watergate, only it's worse. because here our foreign enemies were in a position to hack our most sensitive national security secrets. >> seth: of course, it turns out, the russians didn't need to hack hillary's e-mail server, they were able hack trump's mouth. [ laughter ] the password is "tell us." [ laughter and applause ] now, trump's team has tried to claim that nothing he discussed with the russians was out of bounds. but remember, when hillary made that same argument, trump was not buying it. in fact, he insisted that whatever was on hillary's server must have been highly sensitive and dangerous for national security and rejected her infamous claim that the many of
planning and yoga. >> her staff deleted all the e-mails and wiped it clean. why would anybody that's getting rid of e-mails that had to do with the wedding and also wasn't it -- remember, right? yoga, yoga. yoga and the wedding. why are you -- when you delete 33,000 -- i figure five for the wedding and two for the yoga, right? so that's seven. >> seth: trump thinks it takes five e-mails to plan a wedding? [ laughter and applause ] "that's it. five e-mails. four kids, one wife, same subject line. let me know when and where. also, eric is not invited." [ laughter and applause ] and let me point out, i love that trump thinks this is yoga. [ laughter ] "donald, we're actually doing downward dog." "oh, no, i'm just going to do baby hands." [ laughter ] my favorite clip, though, is trump describing in detail what would happen if we elected a president who inappropel
shared classified information. >> hillary clinton is unfit and unqualified to be the president of the united states. if hillary is elected, she would be under protracted criminal investigation likely followed by the trial of a sitting president. this is just -- hey, this is just what we need, just what we need. the investigation will last for years. nothing will get done. government will grind to a halt. and our country will continue to suffer. >> seth: it's amazing the only thing he got wrong was the president's name. [ cheers and applause ] gotta give it up. this is like -- this whole thing is like a horror movie where the police call trump and say, "the killer is calling from inside the house and also, we're pretty sure you're the killer." [ laughter ] so far gop leaders have been almost completely silent despite their supposed outrage, during
handling of classified information. but behind the scenes, at least some gop foreign policy experts are expressing shock at what trump did. for example, when reached for comment by politico a former senior defense department official in the george w. bush administration e-mailed simply "wtf." [ laughter ] and that's a guy who worked for george w. bush. the "w" stood for "wtf." [ light laughter ] also, pretty soon donald trump is going to exhaust the nation's supply of exclamation points. soon we're gonna have to tap into our strategic asterisk reserves. [ laughter and applause ] so publicly -- publicly republicans don't seem to be budging from their support for trump. but privately, at least, there are signs that it may be dawning on republicans that they will be held accountable by voters for every one trump's reckless and chaotic acts. >> republicans are no doubt -- and you see it in corker's statement there, others as well -- wringing their hands a little bit, getting a little nervous here. >> these guys are in a raging
moment donald trump can finally snap and run to the -- run down pennsylvania avenue in a gold speedo and these guys are gonna be held responsible for his crazy actions. >> seth: yeah, i don't know. if trump ran down pennsylvania avenue in a gold speedo, i feel like paul ryan would just run after him with a bottle of suntan lotion, yelling, "sir, can i protect you from the damaging uv rays?" [ laughter ] and then just before we started taping tonight, the "new york times" reported that president trump asked fbi director james comey to shut down the federal investigation into trump's former national security adviser, michael flynn, in an oval office meeting in february according to the memo that comey wrote shortly after the meeting. the memo was a part of a paper trail comey created, documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation. so trump fired comey, thinking that would get rid of him. and instead he just freed up comey to start telling everybody what he knows.
that's like cutting our your victim's tongue and forgetting he can still write stuff down. [ laughter ] it's like handcuffing somebody to a rolling chair. [ laughter ] "where did he go?" just because you put him behind the couch doesn't mean he's not there anymore. [ cheers and applause ] we need -- we need republicans to stand up and do something, because right now, we've got a president who is deeply unfit for the office. just in the past week, we've learned that he fired the fbi director to obstruct an investigation into his own campaign. threatened that fbi director with secret tapes. gave highly classified information to the russians. and tried to interfere to shut down an fbi investigation into his former national security adviser. this scandal is like -- oh, what? what's a good way to describe it? >> this is like watergate, only it's worse. >> seth: yeah, yeah, that's good. [ laughter and applause ] this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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modern jazz community. and you can hear his grammy award-winning playing on the icon david bowie "no plan" ep. mark guiliana, everybody. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] our first guest is a golden-globe, grammy, and academy award-winning actress and singer who recently released her new single, "remember me", from her highly anticipated upcoming album. please welcome back to the show jennifer hudson, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back, jennifer. >> thank you for having me back. >> seth: it is so great to see you. i saw you -- i did not see you personally, i saw you on stage on monday morning. there is this thing called upfronts, for people who don't know, where the networks talk about their new fall schedules. and you open the morning at 10:00 a.m. on monday and you sang at radio city music hall and you brought the house down.
morning on monday or awful? >> you know what, i just sing when i'm told to sing. it could be four in the morning, ten in the morning. but i thought i would be y'all alarm clock and wake you up. make sure y'all was ready for the upfronts. >> seth: yeah. >> did i wake up? >> seth: you woke me up. yeah, i was ready. were you -- have you ever been to the upfronts before? you ever been to something -- >> i have. i did -- let's see, fox upfronts before. own upfronts before. and now nbc upfronts. >> seth: there you go. >> so this is my third time around. >> seth: but the thing that shocked me -- i was saying this backstage. i saw you walking in about ten minutes beforehand, you didn't have any giant vocal warm-ups. and you know, that's a giant room and you kind of, you know again, it's not like you didn't have a microphone, but you filled it. do you not have to do those for giant -- >> i don't warm up. i literally get up and sing. i just need -- just give me a little sip of tea. and then it's like, okay. no, seriously. would y'all want me to sing? [ cheers and applause ] and that's what i did. actually in that moment, that was my first time singing that day. >> seth: you had not sung at all that day. you went out and the first thing you did was sing to everybody at radio ?
>> seth: i want to drink whatever tea you drink. [ light laughter ] i want -- i want a little sip of that tea to start my day. >> i will send you some. >> seth: okay, thank you. this is very exciting as well, one of the reasons you were there, you are going to be on this season's "the voice." >> "the voice." >> seth: are you excited? >> i am -- [ cheers and applause ] so excited. when the news came, i literally cried. >> seth: you cried? >> i was like, i need a moment. >> seth: did you not know? >> yes, i knew! >> seth: you saw it on the news and you're like -- [ laughter ] >> it became real in that moment. and for me to come from a -- you know a place like that, once i was a contestant, and then who would have ever thought that one day i would be a coach -- >> seth: yeah. >> in the chairs turning around for, you know, other hopefuls. so for me it's a different meaning. so i was very emotional about it. >> seth: that's great. yeah. you could never have imagined -- you certainly never would imagine giant chairs turning around. >> yeah. >> seth: nobody saw that coming. [ laughter ] nobody -- i thought we'd have flying cars before we had chairs that turned around like that. and you did a season -- there is a "the voice" that's in the u.k. as well. >> yes. s
over there and you won. >> and team j-hud won. >> seth: oh, wow. >> so i'm coming to the states! [ cheers and applause ] so team j-hud can win again. >> seth: gotcha. >> yeah. >> seth: now does that mean you think that the likes of blake shelton should be intimidated by -- >> oh, they better look out. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] >> yeah. you know, again, like blake and adam, they are like the main stays. so it's like i know they have a certain strategy. and i learned from the u.k. that will.i.am and tom jones and all of them, okay, i got to watch these people. so, i'm already like watching them -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> so that team j-hud can be ready. because when i come i come to win. [ cheers and applause ] they've got to be ready. oaky. >> seth: i did have -- i'm very excited. i'm a little worried that you seem to have more strategy for "the voice" than our current administration has for national security. [ laughter ] but, i think that's great. i'm glad that you're taking this seriously. so you lived in england, how long were you there? >> well, for the last -- we were there for a month. >> seth: a month. >> a month. >> seth: and how -- i heard you had a little trouble with the accents. is that true? >> yeah. i realized, after being there a month, i'm like why are these people looking at me like that?
saying, because i can never understand what they're saying. [ laughter ] and so we'd just be looking at each other like -- [ light laughter ] just confused. and i learned that like even though, you know it's britain, not every accent is the same. >> seth: yeah, there's a lot of different -- >> it depends on where you are from. and the richer it gets and the deeper it gets and the more confused i get. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] so now, so this "the voice" of course takes you back to l.a. so you're going back to l.a. now. >> i am. and i just left l.a. >> seth: yeah. because you were just out there for work as well. so now you're going back. >> yes, so i'm looking for a new spot in l.a. >> seth: all right. well there you go, that's very exciting. your album. so you have a new single on the album. and -- but it takes -- picking a single, the first single must be a very intense process. how did you pick this song? >> well, i mean, i think music is in a different place right now. so it's more -- everybody feels like, it's like we go off of what we feel. and this song just felt right. you know? >> seth: okay. >> and even with this project, it's led by, like, my perspective and what i'm feeling, how i'm living. and it's just like, you know what? i feel like this song is right and this the time for it to come out. and that's why "remember me" is the lead single for my fourth
>> seth: fourth album. >> fourth album. >> seth: congratulations on that as well. >> thank you. make sure you pick it up! [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i am very curious to hear you tell me if this is true or not. i heard that in the recording of this album you wore a vault over your head? >> yeah. >> seth: so what -- explain what that means. >> i don't know. i still don't know. but, i recorded with jamie hartman, who wrote this song. we co-wrote it together. and he had me put my head in this big black dome. and i sat in the control room in a chair and then there was this dome that just went around my head. >> seth: how big is the dome? can one person carry it? >> i don't know if two heads can fit in it. >> seth: okay. no, but like is it so heavy that -- did, like, two people bring it in and put it over your head? >> well, it was already there. >> seth: okay. >> i've still got to ask them, what was the dome for? and my head went inside of it. and i was sitting down like this. [ laughter ] >> seth: totally -- pitch black? is it pitch black? >> yeah, it's pitch black. >> seth: okay. >> it had like a mic in it with a pop filter.
you musicians, y'all know what i'm talking about. >> seth: yeah. they'll explain it to me later. >> yeah, and i was like, "okay jamie, i'm puttin' my head in this." he's like, "don't think i'm crazy. okay? this is okay." >> seth: by the way, always -- when people say, you have to worry they're crazy, yeah. [ light laughter ] >> right. and now my mom always taught me, think for yourself. and i was like, okay. i'm putting my head in this. why? i don't know. but the song came out good. >> seth: yeah. and when your head came out of your vault, my purse was gone. >> it was gone. >> seth: my car keys were gone. [ laughter ] >> gone! >> seth: but this -- i'm very impressed as well, because that meant you had to -- you had know your lyrics at that point. >> yes. >> seth: because it's dark. you couldn't have -- >> you are right. you are right. [ laughter ] okay. okay. >> seth: yeah, i'm just telling you, you're a professional. >> i guess i am. >> seth: this -- again, a professional. to sort of button this, you went -- you were at radio city a couple weeks ago for the tribeca film fest. an incredible night. aretha franklin was there. was barry manilow? >> barry manilow, aretha franklin, dionne warwick. like all of the legends, i mean, earth, wind & fi
>> yeah, it is -- >> seth: it's great -- always happy when all three show up. it's never great when -- [ light laughter ] when it's just earth and fire that's never fun. >> yeah. >> seth: wind -- wind's out somewhere else. he went to carnegie. >> i'm still trying to figure out who is earth and who is fire. who is who. >> seth: but you got to sing a whitney houston song that night. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: was that an incredible moment? >> it's definitely an incredible moment. any time you, you know, you can stop and have a moment. because whitney was my idol. >> seth: yeah. >> to be able to honor her. and i also sang "hallelujah" as well. clive's request. and just to lift you up in a positive way, which is fun. and we just had a great time in the room. and i remember, i actually clive to dance a little bit. >> seth: well that's pretty good. >> which was an -- i couldn't even make it through the song 'cause it was so funny to me. i was like, "okay, clive is dancing. i'm gonna sit down now." >> seth: well congrats on that. >> thank you. >> seth: and congrats on everything. it's always so great to see you. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i can't wait to see you on "the voice." >> thank you. >> seth: can't wait to hear the album. jennifer hudson, everybody. her new single, "remember me", is available now. we will be back with horatio sanz. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. our next guest is a very funny comedian who you know from his work on "saturday night live." he hosts the weekly podcast, "the horray show", and can be seen in the new comedy "great news", which airs tuesday nights at 9:00 here on nbc. let's take a look. >> hey, who are you, the janitor? clean up these papers that someone else threw on the ground. >> no, i'm the editor, justin. >> haven't i seen you going through the garbage? >> no. oh, wait -- garbage? yeah. cool guitar. >> seth: please welcome back to the show our very good friend, horatio sanz, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back, buddy. it's great to see you. >> it's very fun to be here. i'm very excited. i was excited all week to
i want to address the fact that you decided to bring some food out. >> yes. ah, i had -- why miss an opportunity? i was downstairs at the jimmy fallon "tonight show." >> seth: yep, right downstairs. one floor down. >> right downstairs, saying hi. i wasn't on the show, just saying hi to people. >> seth: all right, good. 'cause you know, when you are booked on one show, it's nice to -- yeah. [ light laughter ] >> right, yeah. you like to get the staff of another show. [ laughter ] and miley cyrus did a bit at the top of the show. and when she left i went inside her dressing room and i got her lunch. [ laughter ] >> seth: and you have photographic evidence. because obviously a lot of people pretend they have her lunch. >> right. >> seth: you took this was outside her dressing room. and that -- [ laughter ] >> this is provenance. >> seth: that does look to match it. >> yeah, that's the correct -- provenance. >> seth: okay? >> and i want to auction it off. >> seth: provenance? >> provenance. >> seth: yeah, okay. >> that's right. i watch "antique's roadshow." >> seth: "antique's roadshow", yeah. [ light laughter ] >> the patina of the shells and cheese. [ light laughter ] it's -- i haven't touched it. this cookie has been bitten by miley cyrus. [ light laughter ]
you know, so you can buy it. i'm going to auction her lunch off, and then i'm going to give the proceeds to planned parenthood. [ laughter ] >> seth: okay. now can i ask a question? [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> seth: is it -- you think have to buy the full set or will you be auctioning it off in pieces? >> i think the whole set. >> seth: yeah. >> the whole set. there's collard greens. so miley's trying to maybe try some soul food. is that collard greens? >> seth: no. [ light laughter ] >> what is it? >> seth: i think, i don't know. >> again, more miley dna. [ laughter ] >> seth: well, that's great. you seem to come across stuff all the time. interesting things all the time. here you are, just a guy walking around, you come across miley cyrus's lunch. >> i'm just a normal guy. >> seth: you're just a normal guy. [ light laughter ] but you posted this on instagram. you found a dead hawk. where? >> in my back yard. >> seth: in your back yard. and here's a photo of you with the dead hawk. and you had nothing to do with the death of this hawk, right? >> absolutely not. >> seth: because you're wearing the sunglassf
>> that is true. that is true. that's a kind of a hunting outfit. >> seth: yeah. >> but i don't like hunting. >> seth: you don't like hunting? >> i love animals. >> seth: so you find this hawk. so what did you -- >> oh, what happened was i'm playing -- i'm playing toss with my dog raisin. >> seth: okay. >> and he usually comes back with like a stuffed sock or something, you know? and i throw the sock in the darkness and he doesn't come back. >> seth: get a ball. why are you throwing a sock? >> he doesn't like balls. >> seth: okay. gotcha. [ light laughter ] all right, so you -- so you throw a sock into the dark, raisin goes. >> and i'm like, "raisin!" [ clapping ] and he doesn't come back. and i'm like what the hell. so i go into the darkness, like m. night shyamalan movie -- [ light laughter ] and raisin's just sitting there like, check this out. [ light laughter ] and there's this giant dead hawk on my lawn in the corner. so i look at -- i do an autopsy, with a chopstick. [ light laughter ] because i was going to try to trace the bullet hole. then, i was going call the police, because it's an endangered animal. >> seth: right. >> but because it's endangered, i couldn't get it stuffed. >> seth: really, you wanted to get
in hollywood that pretended to be like, "yeah, we do all the hollywood birds." [ light laughter ] they didn't even call me back. >> seth: really? >> yeah! >> seth: because you described it and they said, "that's endangered and we can't do it." >> yeah, it's a red tailed hawk and they're endangered. then i looked up videos and apparently they fight in the middle of the air and like slash each other's chests. >> seth: so maybe that's how he went down? >> i think so. >> seth: yeah. and so where is he now? >> he's probably in a dumpster. >> seth: okay, gotcha. [ light laughter ] [ audience ohs ] well -- >> i mean, i wanted to bury him and stuff, but he was in my freezer for a year and a half. [ light laughter ] >> seth: you waited a year and a half for the bird people to call you back? >> i was thinking -- well there's also you can buy dvds and do it yourself. do-it-yourself taxidermy. [ light laughter ] i thought about that. i thought about sneaking him into mexico. but way things are now, i don't know if i'd get back. right, wally? [ laughter ] >> seth: certainly wouldn't get back with a stuffed endangered species. [ applause ] so congrats on "great news." you play an editor on the show. we saw in a clip. this is an nbc show, fantastic cast. >> it's so.
>> seth: tina fey. >> and tracey wigfield. they're just -- it's so full of jokes and goodness that i barely have to show up. >> seth: and andrea martin, the fantastic andrea martin from "sctv." is that -- is it fun to work with her? >> so good. yeah, you know, i grew up loving "sctv" and "snl." and so she was, like, walking in and being with a legend and i was just like -- first time i met her, i'm just like, "i'm not going to [ bleep ], you're awesome. i love you. you're one of my heroes." then i walked away. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: so she probably thought you're a pretty weird dude. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: and then you said, "d you know anywhere i can get a red tailed hawk stuffed?" [ laughter ] >> yeah. she didn't know. >> seth: this is a real -- i know you and i talked about it after the election, 'cause i had sort of forgotten this happened. you were at "snl" for a very long time. you do a lot of sketches. and i'd remembered when donald trump hosted in 2004, but i had forgotten the sketch we did where he played my father and then you played jimmy fallon's father. and it was a cable access show about fathers and sons. and i want to show a clip of it for a couple of reasons. one, it was about how you guys were very afio
and this is funny, donald trump and i did not get along as father and son. [ laughter ] >> no -- >> seth: yeah. >> no. and when we were rehearsing, me and jimmy are picking each other up, throwing each other on couches. just having a good old time. and you were miserable. >> seth: i was pretty miserable. i also, again, i don't want to harkin back on this too hard. but you guys, the minute you and jimmy came out, you were laughing the entire time. >> yeah. >> seth: you immediately -- >> i had a ridiculous wig. and i'm playing his father, so that was enough to send me off, you know. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] so i want to show this clip. and what had happened right before is you guys had been really affectionate with one another. but the thing i really want everybody to watch is we come back and you guys are, again, you're laughing, and there's a newspaper -- a real newspaper on the coffee table. and i don't remember what was on the newspaper, but you point to a headline in the newspaper. and i'm pretty sure thinking back it was something awful. and you -- it makes jimmy laugh so hard and it makes me laugh too, because it's completely -- it has nothing to do with the scene. you're laughing and you just point at the newspaper. >> yeah. and it's like if you are a prop master, and someone says, "get
me a newspaper" i don't know, you don't go down the street and get the newspaper from the day. and so it had horrible -- anyway, let's show it. >> seth: yeah, take look. >> why can't you be like that with me? >> i'm not like that with your mother. [ laughter ] >> they're so sad, they're happy. [ laughter ] i'd give anything, man. [ applause ] >> great. >> seth: i do want to point out -- [ applause ] of the four of us in that scene, the only one who is being professional was donald trump. [ laughter ] >> absolutely, yeah. >> seth: so again -- >> very capable as an "snl" host. >> seth: it was wonderful. the timing on that was great. >> mm-hmm. >> seth: and i really -- and mean this, i think he missed his calling. [ laughter ] >> yeah.
oh yeah, what i'm pointing to is like i said -- you usually get like a fake newspaper and there's nothing to read on it. but this was a newspaper from three days ago, and there was like a building on fire, a bombing. an airplane falling. it was like, just the worst headline to have on a prop newspaper. so that's why i was pointing at it like, look at this. [ light laughter ] >> seth: and it was great, because you don't -- none of -- it was just a thing to make it feel like a house. so none of us had even paid any attention it to. yet the middle of the sketch -- not in rehearsal live -- horatio, decides oh, i want to, i mean to show you guys. [ laughter ] >> yep. >> seth: always so great to see you, buddy. >> oh, it's a pleasure. >> seth: congrats on the show. congrats on everything else. [ cheers and applause ] sorry about the hawk. horatio sanz, everybody. "great news" aires tuesday nights at 9:00 here on nbc. we'll be right back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ well it's a perfect nespresso morning here, george. hold on a second. mmm. ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest is an emmy award-winning writer who's written for shows like "seinfeld", "curb your enthusiasm", and "saturday night live." he is the showrunner of the critically acclaimed series, "veep", which aires sunday nights on hbo. please welcome to the show, david mandel, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: so nice to see you, david. >> thank you for having me. >> seth: i -- first of all congratulations, this season of "veep", fantastic. >> thank you. >> seth: and an interesting time, because you obviously -- this show -- >> why? why would you say that?
>> what's been happening? yeah. >> seth: the show has always been about people in d.c. being incompetent. now, you have this other thing that's happening. >> oh, it's beyond incompetent. we as writers would sit around thinking, what's the stupidest thing a president could do? what's the worst thing a press secretary could do? and now, on a daily basis, we look like amateurs. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> yeah. [ applause ] we -- it's like there's another show on another network -- it's like they made two volcano movies, do you know what i mean? >> seth: yeah. >> and we're like "dante's peak." >> seth: and there are times you're jealous. >> it's like, "oh, i wish i had thought of firing the fbi guy." >> seth: right. >> like that would have been so good. why didn't selena tell the russians all the code words? i mean, it's crazy. and the worst is, like, just shocking that like on just a daily basis. >> seth: yeah. >> their first 100 days were like 100 really good episodes. [ laughter ] >> seth: and -- >> that's syndication. >> seth: you obviously, you're not -- like our show, we scramble 'cause we do it day of. you have to do it months in
television show. has there been anything that you -- that's happened that you realize, we have to take this thing out? >> this is the craziest thing i think that's ever been said. we had a joke -- our character, jonah ryan. >> seth: a fantastic character. >> who played by tim simmons -- simmons, gosh i should know that. and he -- you know he's jonah, everyone is always insulting him. as it is, we kind of got around to as one does, a joke where we're basically sort of insulting him by saying something about him having a golden shower and people urinating on him. and then one day we realized we have to take that joke out of the script, because the president of the united states allegedly did that in russia. [ laughter ] so that's an edit i had never done before. >> seth: yeah. and you know, matt walsh, the fantastic matt walsh. >> yeah. >> seth: he plays your press secretary in the show. >> he plays what we previously thought was the worst press secretary on earth.
>> previously. >> seth: yeah. >> and now, i'd give him the job. [ laughter ] >> seth: you also -- you worked on "seinfeld", you worked on "curb." so tell me what was it like -- 'cause i imagine it was incredibly intimidating pitching jokes to people like jerry seinfeld or larry david. >> yeah, larry and jerry taught me how to write sitcoms and they also taught me not to have emotion. not to have emotion about the comedy. because you know how it's always writers? it's like, oh, i love that. that was so funny or whatever. we can't really do it. >> seth: yeah, that's not quite right. >> but, oh, it's so great. and with larry, especially, you'd sit there and you'd be like, "so you know, i was thinking, what if kramer" -- and he'd be there, kind of usually always have like, i don't know, like something, a ball or something in his hand. "no. no. no." [ laughter ] just emotionless. doesn't dislike you, still likes you. "no. no." all right, i'll see you later. "no." yeah. >> seth: do you -- have you managed to to adopt that as somebody who runs a show? >> i've tried and i've tried to sort of tell my writers who aren't used to it, like, "it's nothing personal."
sort of moving on. >> seth: just moving on to the actual -- >> but also, it's just that -- it's not a good idea. no. let's just move on. no. >> seth: i want to talk -- tell me about your, this book and what brought you to get involved with this? >> i'm a crazed collector. >> seth: yes. you are -- i've known before, because you were an "snl" writer. and before i even met you i knew you that you were a collector of great esteem and renown. >> i appreciate that. and i feel like we've run into each other at the san diego comic con. >> seth: yes. and we have run in -- >> yes, exactly. >> seth: you are, sort of, the king of san diego comic-con. >> i have my moments. but yes. so i'm a collector. i collect original comic book art. which, for those of you that know what comic books are, these are the hand-drawn original pages. >> seth: yeah. >> i think you have a few in your collection. >> seth: yeah, i do have some. yes. >> this is like an extra level of nerdy. >> seth: oh, yeah. >> it's not just the comic book. it's the hand-drawn page. >> seth: well, 'cause that's the -- you're the only one who can have it. >> it's one of a kind as opposed to 20 or 100 copies. so i have a large comic art collection. there is a lot of the toys i had in my youth. and then, "star wars" is sort of my other obsession. and i have a lotor
movie props from "star wars." and i have art and some of the art is by ralph mcquarrie. and this is a book on ralph mcquarrie, who is basically the conceptualist, i guess would be the word -- >> seth: yeah. >> or one key conceptualists -- >> seth: they're really beautiful drawings. >> yeah, who worked with george lucas, and basically, these are early storm troopers. this is an early chewbacca. these were the drawings that basically made the movie. and so i'm lucky enough to have some of his stuff in my own collection. and over the years, i had leant scans and things to the lucas people for some of their other books. and it was a sort of natural sort of coming together for me to do the book. >> seth: you collected so much stuff you had to lend it back to lucas? [ laughter ] >> couple of things. couple of things. i'm not sure he knows, but yes, exactly. >> seth: just as -- this is an apartment where have you some of the stuff you were talking about. like, just point out one or two things that we'd be particularly impressed with. >> that's an original storm trooper from the original "new hope" movie. >> seth: yeah. >> that's indy's jacket and hat from "last crusade." >> seth: yeah. >> that's luke's poncho and pants from the original "star
and that's a "planet of the apes" gorilla warrior full costume. >> seth: wow. >> with guns. >> seth: so, this is -- >> this is my pre-marriage condo, i should point out. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> yes. >> seth: so, the great thing is it looks like it's like a pretty non-descript condo. how many of these condos could the contents buy? 'cause it would seem like -- this is one of those rare cases where the contents are worth so much more than the actual home. >> yeah. but it's one of those things where, that's not why i bought any of this stuff. of course it's just horrifying that this stuff is now valuable. >> seth: you wanted it, but they sold it to you at a price. >> although, i bought -- some of this stuff i bought so much of, i drove the price up. [ laughter ] >> seth: i didn't realize you were the -- i was the other guy on ebay. >> there would be like two dealers trying to buy it for me. driving the price up. and i just paid it. >> seth: oh, well, congratulations. and the book is really beautiful. >> thank you. >> seth: the show is fantastic. thanks for being here, david. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: david mandel, everybody. "veep" aires sunday nights on hbo. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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